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I bought a fake on a rubbish website a while ago, before realising there were dodgy sites...managed to get a chargeback through the bank, eventually, but I now have this bloody thing sitting in a bag being useless.
Should I just bin it, or does anyone have a use for it - ie a sling library to show people the differences between real and fake?
Just thought I would ask. I have a real one now which I love and would never sell it on ebay to someone else as I don't think it's a safe thing to use.
There's several differences. First off the box is rubbish - it would look Ok ish if you hadn't seen a real one, but the photos are like, photocopied - a bit blurry and wierd colours. The buckle on mine has no logo embossed into it. (seen a few on ebay like this, being sold on by people who already used them for their children) The stitching is not so neat The padding tends to be thinner The colours are often wrong - mine was cranberry with a brown lining, bit odd. They never made one like that. The straps and poppers are not sewn in as well, the dye smells a bit funny sometimes I think - obviously it might be very unsafe as babies chew the straps. Oh and mine had no adjusting strap on the main ones.
Mostly I could tell by the copy on the website. If you read the small print it is clearly translated, badly, makes no sense and you cannot contact them at all - the email you get as confirmation is also bollocks.
Check the website domain as well - when I did it had a fake name and address in scotland, something like 999 angus street, aberdeen, aa121aa
or something stupid like that. They are also ridiculously cheap usually.
I'm sure a sling library would take it off your hands to show the differences between the real and fake. I'm on a sling page on FB and have seen people passing them on for this purpose. It's a shame you got caught out, but some of the fakes are apparently really good. Glad you have a proper one now
I run a sling library and would love one to show why it's fake etc if it's going spare (will pay postage). Or if you're my end of Kent you can exchange it for a free carrier hire if you like. Message me if interested in either!
You can find local sling libraries etc here www.babywearing.co.uk/localsupport